Ari Daniel Shapiro, Science Reporter & BURN Contributor

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They are the electric grid army. When the power goes down and the lights go out, a legion of them is deployed.

Power linemen are the first to respond when the public needs to be reconnected with the grid.

This is a portrait of that community through the voice of one of those linemen — what his days are like when things are calm, what happens when disaster strikes, and what he thinks about the state of the grid.

It’s a window into the world of the pole climbing folks in hard hats who, as they like to say, “provide light in a dark night.”